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08-19-2014 04:21 PM
wastewater An attractive bloom and a healthy plant! Thanks for sharing. How's the rest of your collection progressing?
08-12-2014 10:41 PM
johnson18 T. caput-medusae that I got from WW has been working on blooming for almost a month now! Finally got a few flowers over the last five days! Three in total!

04-21-2014 07:43 AM
johnson18
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As a refugee from the Seattle job market I would like to welcome you to Tucson.

I have kept and flowered emersed crypts. I look forward to your expertise in the area.
Thanks! Are you currently keeping anything? Not sure the knowledge I've got could be considered an expertise, I've still got a lot to learn! Thank you though! I'm definitely looking forward to getting settled in Tucson and building my new tank rack which will mostly consist of emersed tanks.
04-21-2014 06:55 AM
BlueRam As a refugee from the Seattle job market I would like to welcome you to Tucson.

I have kept and flowered emersed crypts. I look forward to your expertise in the area.
03-04-2014 06:18 AM
johnson18
Tillandsia 55!

Yeah, Wastewater provided the extra inspiration I needed to get this collection off the ground. Plus he put me in contact with a good guy to buy my Tillandsia from. He has been really helpful and super friendly! He actually just sent me two plants-a super nice T. caput medusae and a small T. bulbosa.




Oh yeah, I'm definitely familiar with red cedar. I bet cypress would be super cool! I've got a buddy that makes furniture out of locally reclaimed hardwoods. I'm sure he could come up with something awesome that would work well. I wouldn't wanna pay for it though! hahaha!!

I just noticed at lights out that I've got a couple plants that are starting to send out a spike(even better was the 3 different types of crypts just starting to send up a spathe in the next tank over!!!)!!!



03-03-2014 11:52 PM
hydrophyte Yes I have seen Wastewater's setups and that is part of what motivated me to do this tank.

I suppose the most characteristic features of a Wardian case are the various angled glass panels with the ornate iron framework. You can plant a terrarium system in an enclosure like this well enough, but most of the ones that I have seen held potted and mounted plant specimens that made a nice display.

The red cedar is just very strongly aromatic. You can put pieces of a red cedar in a wardrobe to keep clothes moths out. I used it because I was able to find it for sale and because it is highly rot-resistant. But I then learned that the chemicals it releases also harm plants. You could try using some kind of hardwood board, such as oak. I think that oak or maple or birch would not have the same issues with volatile chemicals, but they would probably start to rot pretty fast in a humid enclosure. I have wondered about painting the red cedar with a waterproof enamel paint. Maybe that would keep the strong odor inside.
03-03-2014 03:21 PM
johnson18 Very cool Devin! Have you seen Wastewater's set ups? They are far more visually appealing than anything I've done so far! The cedar definitely looked nice, but I would imagine most commercially available woods might have negative effects.

I thought Wardian cases included what we typically refer to these days as a terrarium, not just potted plants? Maybe not in the sense that many are built to house things like frogs, but many of them showcase plants. My understanding of the early Wardian Cases was that they were meant to highlight a plant(s) as it would be seen in nature or similarly. Sort of to recreate a small biotope. As well as, I think the original use, to provide a habitat for collected specimens during transit from overseas back to Europe.
03-03-2014 10:28 AM
hydrophyte I'm really interested in the idea of doing visually appealing setups like this in enclosures, but that are not necessarily little model ecosystems like a terrarium or vivarium. I suppose that this kind of thing that is for display of potted or mounted plants is technically a Wardian case.

I experimented trying to make a fish tank enclosure look more classy by replacing the egg crate shelf with one that I made with cedar 1X2s. It looked pretty nice after I set it up.





However, this did not work well at all because the cedar released such powerful volatile chemicals in the enclosed tank that some of the plants, especially the mosses, started to get burned after just a few days. When the cedar mas moist the inside of the tank smelled like turpentine. I removed the cedar shelf when I discovered this issue.

I hope to find some other alternative that will look nicer than the plain egg crate. I went shopping to see if I could find terra cotta tiles to fit inside of a tank, but none had the right dimensions to work in a 12" deep fish tank.

Here is a shot of the 37G that I have going now as a Wardian case. I had most of these plants in various other growout setups. Most were potted in black plastic net pots, but I repotted all in terra cotta or small bonsai pots for a more pleasing display.

02-25-2014 07:34 PM
johnson18 So I have a few plants that are seriously heading toward death. They are the plants that suffered the hardest/were in the worst condition upon arrival after their extended vacation with the usps. I'm sure if I had contacted the business that I purchased the plants from upon arrival they would've helped me out, but I wasn't stressed about it & hoping I'd be able to revive them.

The rest of the plants are doing well. I've had a few different flower spikes and have had several plants start to color up. I will try to upload some pictures tonight.

I'm going to upgrade the lights on this tank. I will probably be moving a 24" dual t5ho fixture onto this system. I'm in the process of ordering new bulbs so this fixture will probably end up with a Geisemann Aquaflora & Midday bulb combo. The other thing I am considering is getting an LED light such as the fugeray II or planted +. Any thoughts on how these will work for Tillandsia?
01-18-2014 01:59 AM
hydrophyte I did not see that you have the wire supports tuck in the hydroton. That looks real good like that. The hydroton will help to maintain humidity in there.
01-17-2014 02:28 AM
johnson18
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Nice plants! I like that one with the flower spike developing.

You might want to reconsider planting in the hydroton. Nothing will kill an air plant quicker than extra moisture around the base. I like those wire supports that wastewater made.

Thanks Devin! I'm enjoying them so far. A couple more plants are starting to color up.

As far as the hydroton goes I'm only using it in the mesh pots as support for my wire stands. Here are a couple shots of one such support. This is being used for a single plant, the wire on some is set up for two smaller plants. All of this is adjustable as species grow.













01-13-2014 09:23 PM
hydrophyte Nice plants! I like that one with the flower spike developing.

You might want to reconsider planting in the hydroton. Nothing will kill an air plant quicker than extra moisture around the base. I like those wire supports that wastewater made.
01-11-2014 05:21 AM
johnson18
Tillandsia 55!

So here are a few pictures of the Tillandsia stricta "Soft-Leaf"! The spike(?) should get a little larger, a brighter pink and have little purple flowers!







A few other pictures!







01-10-2014 07:32 PM
johnson18
Tillandsia 55!

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May I ask what brings you to Arizona? And this is a pretty awesome collection of Tilandsias, I am jealous, any updates? You should get some type of gecko or something and put it in that tank, I'm sure there's some sort of cool little lizard or something that's compatible with them. Or were you planning on eventually doing some sort of water section on the bottom of this tank?


Thanks! I've been surprised to already see some signs of growth. One plant which had the start of a tiny spike upon arrival has done especially well. The spike is probably two or three times the original size! I will try to get some pictures posted today.



For now this will remain a plants only grow tank.



I've been doing a good bit of research into terrariums and vivariums lately. I would eventually like to build some sort of system to house some of the humidity loving Bromeliads, along with a few other tropical species plus maybe some frogs or something. That is a future project for a different tank though. I've actually got a tank that I think would work well for that type of project. It's 25"L x 18"W x 24" H. I bought it originally to start a small SW tank but just haven't had the time or money to get started.
01-10-2014 07:20 PM
johnson18
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May I ask what brings you to Arizona?
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Don't do it!
Well I'm originally from Northern California so it's not like I've got strong ties to SC. South Carolina was the location that my former employer had a job opening for me after Hurricane Katrina demolished our New Orleans location. My sister and bro-n-law plus my parents are all in Tucson now and have been for about a decade(closer to two for my sister & bro-n-law). I'm just wanting to be closer to my family. The rents are getting on up in age and my dad's not in the best of health, although you couldn't tell by looking at him or the fact he walks 15-20 miles a day. hahaha...
I'm at the point in my college career(#2-first one didn't last long 10 years ago) where I'm ready to transfer to a four year school. U of A has a pretty good Plant Sciences program. So I figure I might as well kill two birds with one stone. My options here in SC are limited to Horticulture at Clemson, which is also a good program though not as comprehensive as PS. Clemson also puts me in a more isolated region of the state which makes going to visit family or vice-versa a little more difficult( more expensive to travel...) From talking to the school and explaining that I'm moving to be closer to family rather then moving specifically for the school, it looks like I'm going to be able to get in-state tuition! Good thing too, out of state is like $27,600 per year! Plus my sister has a pretty good size house(I've been offered to live with them) on the edge of town where I'll be able to build my aquaponics system, a little indoor greenhouse for my humidity loving tropical plants, and tank racks for my fish and plant(emersed, tillandsias, etc.) tanks and lots of room for my three dogs!

So while AZ might not be my ideal location to live, especially considering my love for the water: sailing, swimming, fishing, water sports, kayaking, booze cruising & my love of tropical plants... It'll do for a few years.

Whew, that was probably way more then you wanted to know... lol.
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